Gion district of Kyoto is home to many
geisha houses and traditional tea
houses. In the evenings you can see geisha walking in Gion.
Gion originally developed in the middle
ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. Gion is the best place in Kyoto to see
geisha and maiko in the streets, but they don't normally come out until it is dark or almost dark on their way to entertain people during their dinner at one of the tea houses or restaurants in Gion.
This part of
Kyoto has two hanamachi (geisha districts): Gion
Kobu and Gion Higashi. Despite the considerable decline in the number of
geisha in Gion in the last one hundred
years, it is still famous for the preservation of forms of traditional
architecture and entertainment. Part of this district has been declared a
national historical preservation district.
Maiko in Gion Kyoto
There is a popular
misconception that Gion was a red-light district. However, as it was a
geisha district, and as
geisha are entertainers.
Geisha are not prostitutes.
Gion is not, and never was, a red-light district. Shimabara was Kyoto's
Hanamikoji Dori Gion Kyoto
GION DISTRICT MAP
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Author: Craig Fryer